Sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s not. I bet you have all experienced this in your Chinese adventures!
Last month I published the package for lesson 13. I wanted to finish book 1 before the 7th of July. It’s the 19th right now and I haven’t even finished lesson 13 😦
The usual bunch of things:
I was on holiday
Mum came to visit
I had work to do
I indulged myself – everybody needs a lazy day once in a while
I had to run regularly. Running is more important.
I’m sooooo tired!
It’s obvious. It’s all my decisions (apart from my mum’s visit – I couldn’t change it, but I didn’t want to!).
Family is important. My healthy lifestyle is important. Partying can also be important. Balance is important and there ARE things much more important that my Chinese.
But (and it is a big BUT): Chinese is a goal here. And the clock is ticking.
I don’t want to find myself in a year from now with no true knowledge of Chinese, now do I.
What went wrong?
I didn’t do my tasks daily. I stopped learning characters on-line. I didn’t listen and repeat the dialogues. I did not learn the construction of all characters. I tried to do things quickly. And I didn’t manage. My lesson review gave a terrible result of roughly 50% of correct answers. That is not enough if I want to speak fluent Chinese.
Chinese is not something you can do quickly. You can be fast, organised, you can have a good method and great memory. But unless you really spend some time with the material, you will forget it. I forgot it. I forgot 50% of it.
So what do I do now?
I don’t cry. I don’t get angry or depressed. I regret the lost time. And I work.
I got back to work on Tuesday and I will stop working today (my parents are coming and my cousin is getting married this weekend). But I will now use all my time and all my powers to finish lesson 13 by the 25th of July and the book by the 4th of August.
As promised, I am now publishing the materials for lesson 13. All the time I did study some words. Well, I could have been more effective. And I should have! But there’s no mercy when it comes to earning a living. How’s that? 🙂
I’ve completed the word review and word test (lesson 12) today with the following results: 45/49 word review and 47/49 word test!
That’s good! 🙂
Tomorrow I will publish the materials for lesson 13. (Update: work, work, work and family, family, family. I bet you all experience that from time to time 😉 The fact is that I will publish the materials for lesson 13 on Friday, the 29th of June. I’m sorry to keep you waiting!
In the meantime I am reviewing the old materials and that is exactly my recommendation for you. In two weeks we will finish book 1 and the BIG TEST will be unavoidable. Get ready! 🙂 )
And I just wanted to let you know that the previous post on the 1 child policy (One equals Five) was published by one of the popular Polish websites naTemat.pl (in Polish of course :)). I’m glad that more people will learn about the policy and will be able to make their own mind about this aspect of life in China.
Here is all that I use to master lesson 12 (apart from Skritter that I’ll never stop recommending, as long as you can afford a graphic tablet. Otherwise – don’t try it with your mouse. It just ended poorly for my right hand:/)
As soon as I get tired of learning new words I’ll try to write a line or two about the one child policy in China. It’s been criticized a lot in the last few years. So I am quite interested both in its history and origins, and in its possible future.
My word review (Chinese to pinyin and English) gave me 48 points out of 50.
The test sheet (English to pinyin and Chinese) was a little worse 40 out of 50 were entirely correct.
I’m getting excited because I’m getting closer and closer to my milestone – finishing book 1 of the New Practical Chinese Reader. What next? The big step! I am going to TALK!
I am very afraid. I suppose nobody would understand me. And as I intend to talk with people via Skype it won’t be any easier! Because those people are going to be English learners :)) I hope I’ll manage to find a person with quite good English to begin with. Otherwise it might get messy…
Of course I am going to continue with NPCR. I am already looking for volume 2 in the Warsaw bookshops. I hope I’ll find it soon.
To be honest, I can’t wait. It’s always sooo rewarding to go past your milestone and watch it disappear in the distance behind you. But, getticng back to reality, you can expect materials for lesson 12 tomorrow.
Hi there! Sorry for not writing for a while. I am in Krakow. Life is very interesting when you come to a new city. I practise every day on Skritter but I’ve had a little less time to prepare the printable sheet.
But here they are, with one change. The “vocabulary” sheets will not include sentences for a while. I can’t speak Chinese and it’s been too stressful. And I don’t want to copy the phrases form the book. If you’re using these resources, you do have the book, so you can always use the dialogues. I hope I’ll come back to the sentences when my Chinese get’s better (or when I get a private teacher) 🙂
After a short and unplanned holiday I’m back on my Chinese track. Right now I’m staying in Krakow, taking care of two beautiful and crazy cats. The place is wonderful, the cat’s drive ME crazy and I don’t have a printer. But I hope to find some printing shop tomorrow.
So now you can be ahead of me with practicing lesson 10.5 and reviewing all the vocabulary with the review sheets 🙂
Today I signed up at italki. It’s a great thing! People who learn languages can meet there – ask and answer questions, publish their texts in foreign languages and get them corrected by native speakers. There is “following” “messaging” and a chat (beta version). Everything is quite easy to grasp and there are hundreds of users so you get answers and corrections immediately. It’s great!